Jerry Pearring, Chief Executive Officer
Jerry Pearring has been Chief Executive Officer of Real Brands, Inc. since February 2007. He has over 30 years of consumer products industry experience including local, regional and national sales and marketing management experience. He has developed and managed regional and national DSD networks, and managed national wholesalers including McLane, Core-Mark, and C&S, etc. He has developed and managed key accounts including 7-Eleven, Wal-Mart, and Costco, etc. He has spearheaded new brand research including demographic, psychographic, geographic components, market size/penetration and growth.
He has managed the development, distribution and licensing of select brands, and managed graphic design for labels, POS and wearables, and the sourcing of flavor formulas, packaging, and manufacturing, etc. He has managed multimarket DSD networks in Boston, Hartford, CT, and Baltimore-Northern VA-Washington DC and South Florida. He distributed leading brands including Monster Energy Drink, Welches, Arizona Iced Tea, and Fiji Water, and owned brands including Maui Juice Company, and Squeeze Gourmet Soda. He was President of XStream Beverage Group, Inc. and served as SVP of Domestic Business for Bev-Systems International and served as President and CEO of Total Quality Beverage.
He served as General Manager of Nantucket Nectars of Washington DC, and National Sales Manager of Soho Beverages. He was Owner of Chesapeake Export, and served in Sales and Marketing positions with Anheuser-Busch. He holds a B.S. from George Mason University, an M.B.A. from Marymount University.
David Failla, Executive Vice President
David Failla, has been an Executive Vice President with Real Brands, Inc. since 2012. In his capacity as Executive Vice President, he has had the responsibility for and overseen internal accounting, logistics and manufacturing.
During his career he has had similar responsibilities with several companies and has over 20 years of consumer products experience including being directly responsible for logistics, manufacturing, distribution and accounting. His experience also includes the management of significant international bulk freight discharge contracts in Naples, Italy for a global ocean freight company.
He was also a founding partner in a Florida based skincare company where he oversaw the in-house manufacturing and logistics for dozens of SKU’s sold throughout the state of Florida to the Eckerd’s chain and countless independent retailers.
He also personally acquired and built up an independent ice cream distribution company that he eventually grew to become one of the largest Key account distributors of Edy’s, Haagen-Daz and Nestle Brands in the South Florida market. He managed local chains and key accounts including Dolphins Stadium, The BB&T Center and the American Airlines Arena.
David has also managed the Florida based logistics for a national food distribution company, managing fresh, frozen and shelf stable lines for Publix and other Key Accounts, and is considered an expert in the area of consumer brands manufacturing. He holds a BS in Accounting from Kutztown University.
Peter N. Christos, Chairman
Peter N. Christos, has been Chairman of Real Brands, Inc. since June 2015, and is a former Wall Street executive with 30+ years of experience. In June 2005, he founded as Executive Chairman Abacos Ventures, LLC a private investment firm. During 2018 he became an Independent Director of Worlds, Inc. (OTCQB: WDDD), and during 2018 he became a founding Independent Director of Canadian American Standard Hemp, Inc. a private company backed with a strategic investment by Turning Point Brands, Inc. (TPB: NYSE).
As an entrepreneur, he has been a co-founder in both private and public companies; including co-founder, Chairman & CEO of DealerCats, Inc. and a director of its wholly-owned subsidiary DealerCatsID, Inc.; a co-founding Managing Member of HCB Ventures, LLC (“HCB”), created to develop unique water & water rights to deliver sustainable, renewable water supplies to end users. HCB has land in a rechargeable water resource, the Horse Creek Basin in Colorado; a co-founder, Chairman and CEO of AND Interactive Communications Corp. (“AND”), a private software company acquired in 1994 by TCI Technology Ventures, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of TCI, now Comcast Corp. on NASDAQ; a co-founder of AquaCare Systems, Inc., a start-up that completed several acquisitions prior and post its IPO on NASDAQ then received a premium priced tender-offer; TransAmerican Waste Industries, Inc., from start-up to IPO on NASDAQ and then acquired via merger in 1998 by USA Waste Industries, Inc. now Waste Management, Inc. on the NYSE; Sparta Pharmaceuticals, Inc., from start-up to IPO on NASDAQ and was acquired in 1999 by SuperGen, Inc. on NASDAQ; and CTN Media Group, Inc., aka College Television Network, from start-up to IPO on NASDAQ and acquired in 2002 by MTV Networks, division of Viacom, Inc. on the NYSE.
He has been a Managing Director of Investment Banking firms in New York City including but not limited to the founding Chairman/CEO of Adelphia Capital, LLC, a former (NASD/FINRA) member firm, and Adelphia Holdings, LLC, and Adelphia Partners, LLC, and for nearly 10 years managed investment banking, and all direct investments for Adelphia related entities. He was an EVP, Partner and co-head of the NYC office of the investment banking firm of Bannon & Co., which was subsequently sold to French bank Société Générale, which merged with Cowen & Company. Prior to, he was a Managing Director of the Corporate Finance Department and the Managing Director of the New Venture Group of D.H. Blair Investment Banking Corp. and its predecessor NYSE member firm. Prior to, he worked as a Managing Director in the Corporate Finance Department of Muller & Company, Inc. a NYSE member firm.